Belly, thigh fat may raise aggressive prostate cancer risk

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Men who have high amounts of fat in their abdomens and thighs may have greater risk of developing advanced and fatal prostate cancer than those with less fat in those areas, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The association was stronger among men with a lower body mass index (BMI) than with a higher BMI, first author Barbra Dickerman, a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, said in a June 10, 2019 UPI article.

Diet and exercise to lose fat may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer, the researchers said.

Other Harvard Chan School researchers include Unnur Valdimarsdottir, Edward Giovannucci, Kathryn Wilson, Sarah Markt, and Lorelei Mucci.